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Male Who Claimed To Be Timmothy Pitzen Is Ohio Man, Not Missing Boy

April 04, 2019 - 3:43 pm
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO/AP) -- The young male who claimed to be long-missing Aurora boy Timmothy Pitzen, who was reported in 2011 at age 6, is instead an adult from Ohio with a criminal history, authorities say.

On Wednesday, the male individual came forward and told police in Newport, Kentucky he is Timmothy and had escaped kidnappers at a Cincinnati motel. The individual, who said he ran across a bridge to Newport, Kentucky, claimed he'd been held captive for several years. Authorities put his age at 14.

The FBI's Louisville office on Thursday said DNA results confirmed the person is not Timmothy.

The story quickly took a stange turn. Newport, Kentucky, police chief Tom Collins has told various media outlets that the "teen" who claimed to be Timmothy is Brian Rini, 23, of Medina, Ohio, who has a history of making false reports to police. Rini was released from prison less than a month ago after serving more than a year for burglary and vandalism.

The news of a hoax leaves unsolved a disturbing Chicago area missing-child case.

In May 2011, Pitzen's mother picked him up from school in Aurora. Amy Fry Pitzen took then 6-year-old Timmothy on trips to the zoo and water parks. A few days later, her body was found in a Rockford hotel room along with a suicide note that said Timmothy was safe and being cared for, but he would never be found. 

"It's devastating," Kara Jacobs, Timmothy's aunt, said Thursday. "It's like reliving that day all over again. And Timmothy's father is devastated once again."

Aurora detectives went to Kentucky to follow up on the lead, as the DNA tests were conducted on the subject. 

Authorities said Thursday's turn of events only harden their resolve to find out what happened to Timmothy.

Louisville FBI Agent Timothy Bean said: "To be clear, law enforcement has not and will not forget Timmothy, and we hope to one day reunite him with his family. Unfortunately, that day will not be today."

Authorities did not say whether Rini would face charges over the alleged hoax or what his motive was.

Rini spent Thursday night in the Hamilton County jail, jail officials told FOX19NOW. The FBI was expected to pick him up on Friday morning.

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